Category: feminism

  • The revivalist narrative will not die.

    I keep coming across white organisations telling a ‘history’ of lindy hop that gives ‘the revival’ pride of place. ie white people claiming the modern lindy hop world as their own altruistic work. So the term ‘revival’ is problematic because it implies that lindy hop was dead (replaced by rock and roll and/or bebop) before […]

  • Developing a practical covid plan: What if someone won’t do x, y, or z?

    Today I was talking to someone completely unconnected to the dance world, and they asked what I’d been doing lately. I mentioned that I’d been been working on a covid policy, and it was really interesting because it was a way to talk about flatter power structures (and fighting The Man). I wanted to do […]

  • Grey is bringing the shit. Again.

    Let’s talk about lindy hop and Blackness – part 1 Grey Armstrong has been writing about Blackness and lindy hop and blues dance for years, and is really really good at it. Thoughtful, topical, and such engaging writing. He’s been writing at Obsidian Tea for ages and ages, and I’ve personally found this the most […]

  • the basics of dealing with sexual harassment in lindy hop

    ok, I have a bit more time to write. ==First off. This work will fuck you up.== I and every other woman I know who’s worked extensively on this topic since 2015 (and before) is massively burnt out, and dealt/dealing with vicarious trauma from this work. Many of us (all of us?) have been subjected […]

  • 1970s New York, nunchucks, and radicalism

    A friend posted this the other day, and it pinged my radar. The ban on nunchucks within the New York city limits was instituted in 1974, the year this song was released: In this USAToday article discussing the changing of legislation, they write “The ruling went over the history of the ban, and said it […]

  • I smell bullshit

    Yesterday a white guy had a troll on a productive discussion about teaching lindy hop. The original post in that discussion was I was teaching “jig walks” today and it was pointed out to me that the word “jig” miiight not be the best of words. Anyone know anything about this? This is a pretty […]

  • Thinking about anti-racism in a dance community during a pandemic

    I’ve been reading and thinking a fair bit about the effect of covid on Black Lindy Hop Matters activism. I did a blog post, but I’m mostly just thinking about this stuff in the back of my brain while I make little cardboard houses. My main thinking points have been: BLM was not the cause […]

  • The effects of Long covid on lindy hop

    If you catch covid, you have a 10-30% chance of it becoming long covid. One of the most comment symptoms of long covid is fatigue. If we work with those assumptions, what does that mean for a community of dancers? Let me be clear: I not an epidemiologist, a health specialist, a physiotherapist, or a […]

  • Why watch something you hate?

    I’ve been thinking about this question: ‘why watch things you know you’re going to hate?’ There are lots of personal reasons – boredom, the pleasure of a hate-watch, curiosity, keeping up with trends, I’m not the only person watching the telly in my household, etc etc. But I also try to keep abreast of things […]

  • A known offender is teaching at a local event. What do you do?

    A known offender is teaching at an event in your area. What do you do? I’d probably think local. You can’t change the entire world, but you can be useful to local people. You know you and your mates won’t go (because you know who he is and what he’s done), but do the people […]